Again, guys... If you're reading my reviews on these volumes, this is going to kind of pick up where I left off on the first three volumes.
This bookAgain, guys... If you're reading my reviews on these volumes, this is going to kind of pick up where I left off on the first three volumes.
This book wrapped up nicely the plot threads that were hanging in the first three volumes. All the fantastic, seldom used characters are still here, along with the tales from the premiere creators in comics, all of them great fun to read.
As with the other volumes, the art was nice and solid, employing it's own host of fantastic talent.
Again, as with the first three volumes, I recommend this to fans of the lesser used characters of the DCU and those who love sprawling superhero epics....more
This is gonna be pretty much a pick-up-where-I-left-off-on-volume-two review, guys. If you're reading my reviews here and are interested, you can go bThis is gonna be pretty much a pick-up-where-I-left-off-on-volume-two review, guys. If you're reading my reviews here and are interested, you can go back to the ones for volumes 1 & 2 and get more of my thoughts on this series.
This volume contains one part of the big reasons I decided to read 52. That reason is that I'd decided to reread Grant Morrison's Batman run and 52 is said to contain a ritual in which Batman prepares for his death. The ritual is called a Thogal ritual and part of it is in this very volume in issue #30 of 52.
As for the rest of the volume, I'm still glad to be seeing the lesser used characters of the DCU which hold a special intrigue for me. The Black Marvel family, Batwoman, and others are still nice to see here and I'd even like to read more about them.
The art is still good and solid, the stories still a lot of fun, but this series, for me, is turning into one of those series that's a LOT of fun to read, but simply isn't blowing me away, despite being penned by massively giant creators of the industry.
It's enough to keep me around for reading one more volume and finishing out the series, but isn't anything I'd count among my must reads or anything.
Good for folks doing an extensive research into stories the series might relate to or wanting to read, as I mentioned before, about lesser used characters in the DC Universe....more
Firstly, if you guys read my reviews, you can go back to my review for volume one of 52 for a sort of overview of my thoughts of the concept of this sFirstly, if you guys read my reviews, you can go back to my review for volume one of 52 for a sort of overview of my thoughts of the concept of this series.
This volume lost a little of the steam that I felt volume one had going for it. Some of the stories we read from the first one begin to intertwine, some drop off, and new ones begin in this chapter of what is a year-long examination of a DCU bereft of Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman.
There are still a lot of appearances of awesome characters from the DCU that we don't often get to see. I myself was excited to see characters like Firestorm, Martian Manhunter, and the Black Marvel family. The Dad's lesser characters such as these hold a certain fascination for me for some reason.
This was still a great, fun book to read with myriad characters being written by the best scribes in the business and brought to life by a multitude of amazing artists but, in my opinion, the first volume was better. Let's see what happens in volume three....more
A year without Superman, Batman, or Wonder Woman... "But it was not a world without heroes,” the preface says.
52 was a year long weekly series that exA year without Superman, Batman, or Wonder Woman... "But it was not a world without heroes,” the preface says.
52 was a year long weekly series that explored this premise. Superstar writers Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka, and Mark Waid teamed with a ridiculous number of severely talented artists to pull this off. This volume contains the first 13 weeks of the event.
With DC's "Trinity" out of the picture we see different heroes take the limelight. They may not be the ones you were expecting, though. Booster Gold tries to use his knowledge of the future to cement his place as the world's new hero with the big three gone. Ralph Dibny (sometimes known as Elongated Man) tries to bring his wife back from the dead, investigating a Kryptonian resurrection cult while wondering if they can truly help. Animal Man, Starfire, and Adam Strange are marooned on an alien planet. We also see Steel, Black Adam, Renee Montoya, and many others.
Now, reading through that cast of characters, you might say, ”Why do I care about this? Why do I wanna read about these characters?"
While not done with mainstay characters (though I must admit, I think some of them are pretty damn cool), these stories are pretty good. It makes me think that the parties involved took these characters and said, "Hey... These aren't the most popular heroes that we could have gone with on this premise, but let's take them and do awesome stories with them..." and that they did.
The art is really impressive, too. Pencilers like Eddy Barrows, Shawn Moll, and Chris Batista (and many others) turn out amazing work, all unified by breakdowns by Keith Giffen. The finished product is a badge of honor for all involved.
This book was a lot of fun for me. It's not only one of those books where I'm thinking, "Awww, this was so Goddamn fun, I've just GOT to like it." either. It's like that amped yp ten times with pretty damn amazing artwork and some really intricate stories that I can't wait to see continue in volume two.
Another one that I think I might have read a while back as single issues, but am now reading as part of a list of supposed best SupermanHere we go...
Another one that I think I might have read a while back as single issues, but am now reading as part of a list of supposed best Superman stories ever done.
This one is a sequel to the now classic 1980s story "Crisis On Infinite Earths". I have never read "Crisis On Infinite Earths" and intentionally DID NOT read it before reading THIS book this time around just to see how it would stand on its own.
The premise is that there are characters who are sort of other versions of some of those DC Comics characters who are familiar to us and they are from a different Earth, a "parallel universe", if you will. These characters need to save THEIR Earth, but what will that cost this one?
I'm really enamoured by the whole concept of this one. I mean, all sorts of different Earths, with all sorts of events that played out differently, different couples got together, some different heroes died in different ways or lived on another Earth, where they died in this one, superhero offspring, on and on and on. The possibilities are endless.
I do think this story may have been a bit reliant on "Crisis On Infinite Earths", though and it feels like something (although not a very big something) may have been missed by not reading that original Crisis first.
Still, the story is multi-faceted, enjoyable, and fun on its own, with enough of a story that is cohesive enough to at least enjoy with just reading this one volume.
I thought the art was stellar. I love Phil Jimenez' pencils (I always have) and some of the covers (some are variant covers) by Jim Lee, George Pérez, and others are brilliant. NO COMPLAINTS on the art.
In a parting note: I would not have been reading this one now if comic book fans had not voted it one of the best Superman stories on a rather noted comics website recently. I don't think I share their opinion that it is one of the greatest. A decent story, but not an essential Superman chapter.
*- I read this book as single issues #1-7 of Infinite Crisis....more
Collecting the first six issues of the flagship title for DC's "The New 52" revamp, this one comes on strong with the action.
The always masterful GeofCollecting the first six issues of the flagship title for DC's "The New 52" revamp, this one comes on strong with the action.
The always masterful Geoff Johns gives us a story of the League's somewhat clunky beginnings and shows us the pulling together of a team of the world's greatest superheroes. All this, as well as a rather mysterious ending to the volume and all sorts of bonus material giving hints at future arcs... this one begs you to go out and get more.
Jim Lee and co.'s art was absolutely stunning. These iconic characters became godlike through the talents of their artwork.
This one comes highly recommended. If you want an introduction to superhero comics, some of the most legendary heroes in comic book history, or DC's New 52, I'd say this one's your book....more
This collection, in what is sort of a stand alone mini series by Geoff Johns and Richard Donner (which just happened to intermittently take over the pThis collection, in what is sort of a stand alone mini series by Geoff Johns and Richard Donner (which just happened to intermittently take over the pages of "Action Comics" when it was published), seems to take ideas from the film "Superman II" and spin them into then current DC continuity, while also employing stronger narrative and characterization.
Let me just start by saying that I loved the idea of this story. A *NEW* Kryptonian boy rockets to Earth (!!!) just like young Kal-El did all those years ago. Superman finds him and, of course, the young boy takes to Superman instantly. We come to find that he's the son of Kryptonian baddies General Zod and Ursa. These criminal Kryptonians bring their buddy (and also previously imprisoned Krytonian, Non) to Earth to recapture their son and take over Earth.
We've got all the things I love about the Superman mythos in this one. Delving into a bit of Kryptonian history: check. Bizarro: check. Lex Luthor: check. Awesome.
Why didn't I rate this one FIVE stars, then, instead of four?
While this story is co-written by Geoff Johns (of whom I've become a huge fan) and has a lot of my favorite things that go along with Superman, it failed to completely suck me in and I've definitely read better Superman stories.
And though I think Adam Kubert to be an amazing and talented artist, some of the pacing and sequences in here were downright chaotic and confusing to follow.
But anyway... Despite those few little things I've listed, this is a KILLER Superman story that I'd recommend to any fan of comics, Superman, or Richard Donner and the Superman films.
Definitely worth checking out.
*Additions to review upon reading again on 06-13-2013*
I just finished this one again, touching on some Superman books while getting amped up for the release of "Man of Steel".
I think I would go 4.5 stars on this one if possible.
I would only add to my review that I really enjoyed Kubert and co's art this time around. I called it chaotic before and on this reading, I thought the sequences were fitting for the action and perfect for capturing the craziness that is The Phantom Zone.
The story is still excellent, in my opinion....more